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"The pressure of legacy. It's your own fault, you know? No one told you to accept a command with… baggage."

The USS Stargazer (NCC-82893) was a Sagan-class Federation starship operated by Starfleet in the early 25th century. It was the third starship to bear the name Stargazer and the first of its class of ships to be equipped with components derived from research on the Borg technology of the Artifact.


Having helped save Coppelius from a Romulan attack in 2399, Cristóbal Rios subsequently received a promotion to Captain upon his return to Starfleet and command of the Stargazer.

In 2401, the Stargazer was assigned to investigate a recently appeared spatial anomaly. After picking up Doctor Agnes Jurati from Raritan IV, the Stargazer raced to the anomaly and found La Sirena and Seven of Nine already there. Shortly after, the anomaly began broadcasting a message pleading for help from Admiral Jean-Luc Picard. When Picard arrived and responded, the massive Singularity emerged from the anomaly.

The Borg announced their intention to send their Queen for negotiations. Rios was unwilling to allow her aboard his ship, but the Borg ship's transporter beam penetrated the Stargazer's shields and materialized the Queen on the bridge. Stating that she first needed "power", the Queen began assimilating the Stargazer by taking advantage of its Borg-derived technology. Using the ship as a hub, she was also able to obtain command codes for the entire Starfleet armada reinforcing the Stargazer. With their hand phasers useless against the Queen, Picard saw no choice but to activate the Stargazer's self-destruct before she gained total control. (PIC: "The Star Gazer")

Moments before the explosion, after being returned from 2024 by Q, Picard stopped the auto destruct, recognizing the Queen as the same one who had merged with Dr. Agnes Jurati in 2024. On Picard's order, the Borg Queen was allowed to coordinate the fleet and her own ship to use their shields to block an approaching energy wave that threatened billions of lives. With Rios having chosen to remain in 2024, Picard gave Seven of Nine a field commission to the rank of captain and command of the Stargazer for the mission. (PIC: "Farewell") Seven subsequently became the first officer of the USS Titan-A rather than remaining in command of the Stargazer. (PIC: "The Next Generation")

USS Stargazer (NCC-82893), picture

Stargazer in 2401

Later that year, the Stargazer was still in service as seen on a La Sirena display screen. (PIC: "The Next Generation")

The Titan-A's commanding officer, Captain Liam Shaw, learned of the Stargazer's encounter with the Borg and considered it "weird shit". (PIC: "No Win Scenario")

In April of that year, the Stargazer participated in Frontier Day celebrations near Sol Station. Along with the rest of the fleet, it was seized by the Borg Collective after its younger crew were assimilated by a Borg signal transmitted via Jack Crusher. (PIC: "Võx") It survived the subsequent attack by the Titan-A that was aimed at buying Earth more time. Along with the rest of the fleet, the Stargazer was freed of Borg control when the USS Enterprise-D rescued Jack and destroyed the Borg cube that was transmitting the command signal. (PIC: "The Last Generation")

Alternate timeline[]

In an alternate timeline, the Stargazer was destroyed by the auto-destruct, but Q transported several crewmembers into the Confederation of Earth timeline. This was averted when Q returned everyone to moments before the Stargazer's destruction and Picard cancelled the auto-destruct upon realizing the Borg Queen's identity. (PIC: "The Star Gazer", "Penance", "Farewell")

Command crew[]

USS Stargazer bridge, 2401

Cristóbal Rios in command, 2401

Seven of Nine, acting captain

Seven of Nine in command, 2401

See also: USS Stargazer (NCC-82893) personnel



Background information[]

Stargazer NCC-82893 art

Promotional image of the Sagan-class Stargazer

The dialogue about this Stargazer in "The Star Gazer" was slightly confusing: although Jean-Luc Picard says the ship he was captain of was "not this Stargazer", he also refers to the ship as a refit, which traditionally would refer to an older ship being rebuilt with new technology. In an interview with, Star Trek: Picard showrunner Terry Matalas was asked whether the new Stargazer was an entirely new ship, or a refit of Picard's original Stargazer. He said:

"Like the TMP Enterprise, it’s a massively updated refit. I like to think of it as the story of the broom: If one day you replace the handle, and another day the brush, is it still the same broom? We thought of it as a vessel endlessly repaired and upgraded, brought in-line with current-future tech, so that somewhere underneath all the lights and polish are the bones of Picard’s original ship. Does it make sense? I don’t know. But I sure like the spirit of it." [1]

The observation lounge on the Stargazer contained models of three ships: the Radiant-class Stargazer, Picard's Constellation-class Stargazer, and Rios' Sagan-class ship.

The Stargazer is the second ship to pass from Rios to Seven of Nine, following La Sirena.


In Star Trek: Picard - Stargazer, It is revealed that the Andorian Mekara (β) had taken command of the Stargazer.

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